Colourful, lively and generous: these are just a few of the ways to describe the Provence markets. But words don’t do them justice – the best way to see and taste them is up close! Grab a basket and discover our top 10 Provence markets.
Fill Up On Summer
Want to dive into the heart of Provençal culture? The Aix-en-Provence market is a great starting point. Wander through the colourful stalls at Place Richelme and Cours Mirabeau, where you can talk to producers and be tempted by the many gastronomic specialities of the region. Craving a homemade ratatouille? The finest ingredients are right before your eyes – tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, herbes de Provence and even olive oil. For dessert, give in to the most authentic confections of the area, the calisson d’Aix.
Eat Local, Eat Fresh
If you’re passing through Cavaillon, here’s where to spend Thursday night. From April to October, the melon capital organises an incredible farmers’ market. Fill your shopping bag with local produce at Place du Clos. Picked when ripe and in season, these extra fresh goodies guarantee healthy and delicious dishes for everyone. The most gourmand of you can savour the flavorful Provence honeys and jams. Every month, a different Cavaillon restaurateur shares their recipes and valuable culinary tips. On the last Thursday of the month, try to win a basket of fresh produce!
Choose Your Own Market
Head to Forcalquier to explore one of Provence’s biggest markets. Its speciality? It takes place every Monday, all year long, and throughout the entire town. Get there early to fuel up on coffee on a terrace before exploring the market. You will find all that Provence has to offer. From gastronomy and crafts to textiles and flowers, there’s something for every palate. Prefer a more petite market? Try Thursday’s “Little Market“ with its fifteen or so organic producers. Including a world pizza champion!
Drop Anchor at the Fish Market
If there is a market not to be missed in Marseille, it is the fish market at the Vieux-Port! Arrive before 10 a.m. under the Ombrière by Norman Foster, where the sea and boats reflect in the most beautiful light in Provence. Fishermen will offer you a wide choice of fish, skinned and filleted on the spot. Are sardines on the menu? Cook them with a squeeze of lemon, coriander, and a white onion. Sea bream? All you need is some dry white wine, a bay leaf and a few potatoes and voila, you have a delicious dish to savour.
Hunt for the Antique Treasures of Provence
Considered one of the most beautiful in Provence, Arles market is a real Provençal treasure trove! Don your trainers on Saturday morning to go to explore the 450 merchants along 2.5 km of stalls. With your family? The little ones will be dazzled by the festival of colours, perfumes and flavours of the market. There’s nothing better than this multi-sensory journey for stimulating their curiosity. If you are passing through on the first Wednesday of the month, don’t miss the antiques fair where you can unearth unique pieces.
Fill Up For A Picnic
Market days in Digne-les-Bains are full of friendliness and good spirits. Every Wednesday and Saturday, come and join the colourful atmosphere of the stalls where you’ll get swept up in the gourmet frenzy. Fruit and vegetables, meat and fish: the 150 businesses serve up the best quality organic and local products. Fill up with goodies, and then head to the Jardin Botanique des Cordeliers for a makeshift post-market picnic: freshness guaranteed!
Find Happiness at the Heart of Little Venice
Hungry for a trip? With the allure of Venice on a smaller scale, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue offers you a poetic and refreshing escape. Meet up on Quai Jean Jaurès on Sunday morning to find the quintessential warmth and bustle of a Provençal market. Stroll from one side to the other, exploring the abundance of regional crafts at 250 stalls and eating tasty products from the terroir. Don’t miss the amazing floating market on the first Sunday of August. Producers sail down the Sorgue in traditional costumes to sell their wares. Listen up! Once the market is finished, the boats line up for the Coupo Santo, the vibrant Provençal anthem.
Discover Delicious Authenticity
If you prefer simplicity to huge gatherings, you will feel at home at the Coustellet market. Every Sunday, producers and consumers meet up, chat and share, united by a common culture: a love of good things. The authentic foodstuffs are recognised by the “Marché Paysan” (Country Market) label awarded by the Parc Naturel Régional du Luberon. Truffles, oils, fruits and vegetables, high-quality cheeses and meat – fill your basket with the best from the region. Ingredients that are often organic and always at reasonable prices! Lovers of reds, whites, and rosés will also find delicate AOC Ventoux or AOC Luberon wines.
Explore a Marché That is More Than 500 Years Old
On Tuesday in Vaison-la-Romaine, the streets of the town centre dazzle with colours. Head off to explore a magnificent Provençal market that doesn’t have a single wrinkle after 500 years. Walk down the scented alleys and let your desires guide you. Then head to Place du 11 Novembre with its various nurseries and garden stalls, ideal for all your botanical needs. Here’s where you can find beautiful lavender plants to give your garden the look of Provence. Looking for a piece of furniture with a bit of character? The bric-a-brac vendors along Cours Henri Fabre will advise you. Want to put the South on your plate? The small producers from the terroir that gather at the Place François Cévert will make your mouth water!
Taste the Sweet Life
With its magnificent port, its quiet beaches and its easy living, Sanary-sur-Mer is as picturesque as a postcard. Savour this special atmosphere at the stalls of its Provençal market along Allées d’Estienne d’Orves. Here you will notably find the inimitable Provençal fabrics in summery colours. In the high season, experience the evening crafts market. Photophores, jewellery and fashion accessories: it’s the perfect opportunity to buy a nice souvenir made by Provençal craftspeople.